Chris D. Tzarnas, M.D.
1949 - 2015
We are saddened to report that Chris D. Tzarnas, MD, FACS, passed away unexpectedly on Dec 12, 2015. Dr Tzarnas had served as a Professor of Surgery as well as Chief and Residency Program Director for the Division of Plastic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine from 2008-2013. He had previously served as the Chief of Surgery and Program Director for General Surgery Residency at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. After coming to Temple, he continued on the Attending Staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
A native of Washington , DC, Dr. Tzarnas was a graduate of Northwestern University and received his MD from the University of Athens. He completed general surgery training at Penn Presbyterian Hospital and Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tzarnas was a member of and held important positions with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and the Robert H. Ivy Society, among others. He had served in all leadership positions at the Metro Philadelphia chapter of the ACS, including President. At the time of his passing he was serving as the President of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the oldest local surgery association extant in the US-- testimony to the respect and regard of his peers.
Dr. Tzarnas was renowned for his excellence, innovation and creativity as a plastic surgeon. He was devoted to the welfare of his patients as well as the proper training of future generations. He was a gifted teacher and versatile writer who covered both the clinical as well as philosophical issues of medical and surgical practice with customary thought and eloquence. He was a kind, generous, trusted and valued colleague and mentor to many, well beyond the medical setting.
Dr. Tzarnas is survived by his wife, Dr. Ellie Kelipouris, Chief of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as their daughters Stephanie and Alexa. They were a source of immense pride and happiness in Chrisís life.
Aron D. Wahrman, MD, MBA